12 Spanish Proverbs That Are Totally WTF

You know what they say: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you fatter.”

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In Spanish: Quien quiera peces, que se moje el culo.
What it means: You have to go through unpleasant circumstances to get to your goal.

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In Spanish: Pedro ladrador, poco mordedor.
What it means: People who boast won’t follow through.

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In Spanish: Lo que no mata, engorda.
What it means: If bad or unhealthy food doesn’t kill you, it’ll at least make you fat.

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In Spanish: De noche todos los gatos son pardos.
What it means: It’s easy to conceal faults in low light.

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In Spanish: Como éramos pocos, parió la abuela.
What it means: Things went from bad to worse.

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In Spanish: Gato escaldado, del agua fría huye.
What it means: Once something has hurt you once, avoid it from then on.

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In Spanish: El mejor escribano echa un borrón.
What it means: Nobody’s perfect.

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In Spanish: A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda.
What it means: The early bird catches the worm.

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In Spanish: A caballo regalado no le mires el diente.
What it means: Beggars can’t be choosers.

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In Spanish: Menea la cola el can, no por ti, sino por el pan.
What it means: Affection may be out of self-interest, rather than love.

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In Spanish: Una golondrina no hace verano.
What it means: Don’t assume a general rule, based on one observation.

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In Spanish: Qué bonito es ver la lluvia y no mojarse.
What it means: Don’t criticize others for the way they do something unless you’ve done it yourself.

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